Smidgens, January 2018


Christmas season is almost at an end, and our decorations will be coming down soon. How quickly it has flown and here we are, once again, looking towards Septuagesima and the following season…Lent!

In the older tradition Christmas lasts until Candlemas, or the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Presentation of the Lord, which isn’t until February 2nd. This marks the end of a long 40-day “Christmastide” that corresponded to the 40 days of Lent.

“The Feast of the Purification of Mary is the oldest Marian feast day, dating to at least the fifth century. It also marks the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, and the encounter with, and prophecies of, Simeon and Anna (see Luke 2:22-40).” -Catholic Company

The ebb and flow of the Liturgical season keeps us grounded. Life makes sense, doesn’t it, when we live our lives out according to the seasons of the Church? It is very beautiful, very deep and very…..ancient. Our lives are intertwined with the Church Militant of centuries before us. They are our family and support us, as now the Church Triumphant, with their prayers.

Before this season ends I wanted to share the last trimmings of the Festive Season with you….with pictures!


My daughters and daughter-in-law have funny stories they share with us about their children. It’s a hoot to hear what goes on inside those little minds or how they express themselves. Here is a couple I’ve saved lately:

From Jeanette (mom):

Agnes says to me, “How come you look like a mom?”

I laughed and said, “Why? Do I look tired?

Agnes replied, “Yes, you look tired.”

I laughed and said, “Well, I’m mom and I’m very tired!” 😀

I was brushing Agnes’ hair and she said, “Ouch! You hurted my brains!” 😀

From Z (mom):

So Jake says “Hey, Mom, I have a great idea for our tea party this afternoon, we can play King and Queen, I’ll be the King, Grace can be the Queen and you…uhhh…who are those people that get things for kings and queens”

“Servants? Maids?”

“Oh yeah…you can be the maid!” 😛


Click on the first picture…don’t forget to read the caption.


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